“On behalf of the more than 1,500 members of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), I applaud the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate for passing a six-month extension of the long overdue surface transportation bill through March 31, 2012.
This is a positive step forward and we urge Congress to begin now to work to pass a long-term, well-funded, multimodal surface transportation bill.
I would like to acknowledge the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in forging bipartisan agreement for this extension. Also special thanks to Rep. John Mica, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Rep. Nick Rahall, ranking member of the Committee; Sen. Barbara Boxer, chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee; Sen. James Inhofe, ranking member of the Committee; Sen. Tim Johnson, chair of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and Sen. Richard Shelby, ranking member of the Committee for all their efforts and leadership.
Investing in transportation, including highways and public transportation, creates jobs and provides access to jobs necessary to move the economy forward. It also addresses the country’s backlog of critical infrastructure projects.
Every $1 billion invested in public transportation creates and supports 36,000 American jobs and every $1 invested generates $4 in economic returns.”
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products. More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.